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Mickael Karkousse returns with 90s inspired alt-pop jam ‘All My Life’

Belgium based alt-pop singer-songwriter / musician, Mickael Karkousse, returns with a stunning, 90s inspired alt-pop jam ‘All My Life’, lifted from his forthcoming debut 6-track album ‘Where Do We Begin’ due this November through Virgin Music. This is Mickael’s first outing as a solo artist; after being the driving creative force behind renowned indie-electronic band GOOSE he is now ready to take over the music scene on his own.A hypnotic slice of left-field pop, ‘All My Life’ follows on from acclaimed singles ‘Never Give Up’, ‘One Look’ and ‘Where Do we Begin’, blends his flair for warm, minimalistic production and real life lyricism.

He says: “’All My Life’ is produced by Victor Le Masne and he brings a bit of French touch flavour to the album. It’s one of my favourite tracks on the EP, I like it when a repetition of words become more than that. Like in the same way they use vocal loops in dance tracks, I like to come up with words that you can repeat over and over again, like a mantra and suddenly they start getting a meaning of their own. I discovered Grégoire Dyer through his video work for my friends Glenn Martens (YProject, Diesel) and Stephanie D’heygere (Dior, D’heygere, Margiela) both Belgians taking over the fashion scene in Paris. The way Greg looks at fashion and how he translates the collections into video was very refreshing. It’s with an honest look and a bit of humour, but always classy. And that’s what I found so inspiring. So I’m really happy we could work on this video together. As my lyrics often can be read as scripts, we approached the video exactly like that and translated the words into image. And that’s what I dreamed of doing when I wrote the album.”

He goes on to add: “I discovered Grégoire Dyer through his video work for my friends Glenn Martens ( YProject, Diesel) and Stephanie D’heygere ( Dior, D’heygere, Margiela ) both Belgians taking over the fashion scene in Paris. The way Greg looks at fashion and how he translates the collections into video was very refreshing. It’s with an honest look and a bit of humor, but always classy. And that’s what I found so inspiring. So I’m really happy we could work on this video together. As my lyrics often can be read as scripts, we approached the video exactly like that and translated the words into image. And that’s what I dreamed of doing when I wrote the album.”Belgian four-piece GOOSE are the perfect group construction – careful and considered, they’ve amassed a phenomenal catalogue of rock-edged electronica, one that ranks with any of their European peers. Yet singer Mickael Karkousse has ambitions of his own – he remains respectful and loyal to his colleagues, but those long hours in the studio have been sparking solo ideas, and individual endeavours. With the support of his band mates – “they just told me to go for it!” – Mickael began booking sessions at Safari Studios, the studio complex the group built in their Kortrijk hometown. 

Now he’s ready to move forwards. Mickael Karkousse is about to share a new mini-album – his first solo document, it leans on his formative influences to build a fresh chapter. As a kid, he would spend endless days devouring his parents’ Beatles cassettes, and binging on classic biopics – think Elvis Presley, Ritchie Valens, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Looking back to this innocent freedom, he casts this feeling in an electronic haze. What runs through each song, however, is a sense of freedom, and a yearning for connection. Working together with French producer Victor Le Masne, the two emphasised feeling over form, attempting to pin down fleeting moments of inspiration within a divine electronic template. “I’m always looking to find that certain romance,” Mickael comments. “I’m inspired by how cinema can move you. So when I write music, and I hear sounds that inspire me, I feel as though it’s a scene in a movie. And it’s always very romantic.”

Unshackled from the limitations of a group format, Mickael Karkousse was able to pursue something truly independent. “Go with the flow! Everything is possible. And just do what you feel, what you always dreamed of. What you wanted to do. And it will translate into the art. I’m letting myself go. I’m going for all the things that I like.” Utilising all his experiences with GOOSE, Mickael feels ready to ask himself questions the group could never answer. Yet the two will work hand in hand, he insists; “All of my solo experiences, I will take them back to GOOSE. It’s just like going away for the weekend, and coming back with stories and inspiration. Or new friends.”

Right now, though, he’s fulfilling individual ambitions. It’s incredibly enriching, he says, but it’s also intimidating. Says Mickael: “It’s challenging. It’s not nerve-racking. It’s challenging”.

‘All My Life’ is released on 19th November across all digital platforms.
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